BOSTON, MA - MARCH 29: Nathan Horton #18 of the Boston Bruins gets the puck past Corey Crawford #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks in the third period on March 29, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Bruins defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 3-0. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
The Bruins will play the Chicago Blackhawks tonight on the road at 8:30 EST. Hopefully, the Original Six matchup will shake the Bruins out of the rut they’ve been in to start the season. They are 1-3-0 so far, scoring only seven goals in their four games (with 4 coming in one game). After losing their first game, Chicago has won two in a row, both at home. They are 2-1-0 on the season.
- Adam McQuaid (head) went crashing into the boards in Wednesday night’s game in Carolina and will not play tonight. David Krejci (core injury) will miss tonight’s game and is considered day to day. Steven Kampfer (knee) remains out of the lineup.
-Wingers Viktor Stalberg (knee) and Ben Smith (concussion) could both return to the lineup. Center Phillipe Paradis is on the IR with an undisclosed injury.
- Maybe Claude can have a talk with Joel Quenneville tonight about dealing with the infamous "Stanley Cup hangover." The same thing happened to Chicago last year with an 11-11-2 start, though with a revamped roster
- There are no plans as of right now for a Providence callup
- Joe Corvo has looked good on the power play so far. He’s a very good skater
- The lines for Friday’s skate at the United Center were the same, except Matt Bartkowski took McQuaid’s place. Bartkowski will play tonight for the first time since the season opener, when McQuaid had the flu
- Old friend Daniel Carcillo returned to the Hawks lineup Thursday after a two-game suspension. He played on the second line with Kane and Hossa. One of these things is not like the other . . .
- Old friend #2 Steve Montador will also be in the lineup for the Hawks, paired with old friend #3 Sean O’Donnell. The Bruins better be licking their chops at that pairing
- Last year when these two teams met, Shawn Thornton left the ice with a cut over his eye. Thornton was enraged when a Hawks player chirped him as he left the ice. Thornton said after the game he would "deal with it in my own way." Hawks enforcer John Scott was none too happy about that, and said he'd "kick the [expletive]" out of Thornton if Thornton came after him. Should be interesting to see what happens. Here's a story on it from the Chicago Sun-Times. [Sun-Times]
Projected Bruins Lines
Milan Lucic- Tyler Seguin- Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand- Patrice Bergeron- Rich Peverley
Benoit Pouliot- Chris Kelly- Jordan Caron
Daniel Paille- Gregory Campbell- Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara- Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg- Joe Corvo
Andrew Ference- Matt Bartkowski
Projected Hawks Lines
Andrew Brunette- Jonathan Toews- Patrick Sharp
Daniel Carcillo- Patrick Kane- Marian Hossa
Bryan Bickell- Dave Bolland- Michael Frolik
Rostislav Olesz- Marcus Kruger- Jamal Mayers (Not sure where Stalberg and Smith would end up if they play, but Mayers and Olesz would be likely candidates to sit)
Duncan Keith- Nick Leddy
Brent Seabrook- Niklas Hjalmarsson
Steve Montador- Sean O’Donnell
8:30 PM EST (NESN, NHLN, 98.5 The Sports Hub)
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